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What a Way To Kick Off Spring Planting!

Project type: 
Park Naturalization

On Saturday, April 27, ReForest London held its first park naturalization planting of the spring 2013 season at Chelsea Green Park at 1 Adelaide Street South. Finally, the weather was spring-like with a high of 18 degrees celcius and lots of sun. Many of the volunteers happily applied sunscreen and refilled their water bottles while enjoying the lovely weather.

This park naturalization project was funded by McCormick Canada, Foresters, Junior Achievement (TemTrees) and the City of London. Thank you all for your generosity and caring about growing a healthier and greener London.

Chelsea Green volunteers

The turnout of volunteers was impressive, with more than 125 people joining in on the planting of 460 native trees and shrubs. Groups of volunteers participated from McCormick, Foresters, Junior Achievement, and The Art of Living. There were also many high school students, other small groups, some regular planting volunteers and caring individuals. People of all ages helped including some very young ones who proudly proclaimed this was the first tree they had ever planted!

A special thanks to Dirty Girls Lawn Care Inc. for their rototiling prep of the planting area, Justin Bardawill of Alchemy Operation for logisitcs, and RFL Tree Guru Jen McPhee. Good job guys - we appreciate all your efforts.

Chelsea Green before

 Chelsea Green after







It is an amazing site to see an empty field turn into a baby forest in just under two hours. Many hands make light work and everyone who volunteered did a great job and had fun while doing so. It gives a wonderful feeling of accomplisment and many passersby were delighted to see this new area of trees in their local park.

 460 trees were plantedChelsea Green planting demo







Busy volunteers

Getting mulchFamily fun!High School buddiesTree Guru Jen McPheeMcCormick Canada volunteers